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SBS News in Easy English 26 February 2024

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New South Wales Police say they are continuing to do everything they can to find the bodies of a couple alleged to have been shot dead by a serving officer.
Deputy Commissioner Dave Hudson says police have identified a property at Bungonia, located almost 30 kilometres south-east of Goulburn, that they believe is where Jesse Baird and Luke Davies have been taken.
A driver has died after a fiery collision with a truck carrying cattle southwest of Brisbane.
The 28-year-old man was killed after his station wagon collided head-on with a truck on the Cunningham Highway, causing the car to spin into the path of a ute travelling behind it.
Two passengers from the ute have been taken to hospital as a precaution, while the drivers of the ute and truck have escaped without injury.
The Nationals have confirmed that Barnaby Joyce will not be present in Parliament this week, following the airing of footage showing the MP lying on a Canberra street.
The former deputy prime minister had previously refused invitations to take personal leave, after blaming mixing alcohol with prescription medication for the incident.
Leader David Littleproud has told Channel Nine he is happy to accept the MP’s temporary absence from Canberra.
“I’ll take Barnaby on his word. He won’t be here this week. He’s notified me that he won’t be coming to Parly. He’s having the week off, which we gave him the opportunity to undertake with his family.”
Experts are predicting that there will be a swing against the Labor party at an upcoming by-election in Victoria.
Two polls – Nine newspapers Resolve Political Monitor, and The Australian’s Newspoll – indicate Labor has lost some of its edge on the primary vote in Dunkley, a seat in Victoria occupied by Labor MP Peta Murphy until her death from breast cancer last year.
Resolve has the Coalition at 37 per cent against Labor at 34 per cent, while Newspoll shows the Coalition ahead at 36 per cent compared to Labor at 33 per cent.
Three women have been found dead in a Vienna sex on premises venue, victims of an apparent stabbing.
A 27-year-old male suspect has been arrested over the attacks.
Austrian police spokesperson Philipp Hasslinger says it is too early to say what motive the suspect might have had.
He says police were alerted to the crime by someone in the neighbourhood.
“A witness called the emergency services to say that traces of blood could be seen on the pavement outside a red-light establishment. A large-scale operation was then launched. Police officers discovered three deceased women with severe cuts and stab wounds in the red-light establishment.”
At least four people have been killed in an avalanche near a ski resort in central France.
Three other people are said to have been injured and two others are missing after the avalanche in near the Mont Dore ski resort, in the Massif highland region.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has confirmed plans for an international peace summit in Switzerland.
Mr Zelenskyy has stressed that the country would not submit to a peace plan that did not serve its interests.
But he says that second summit could be used for countries to take diplomatic steps toward a “just peace and the end of the war.”

I’m Greg Dyett and that’s SBS News in Easy English.

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